R&B artist Emani 22 has reportedly passed away earlier this week as confirmed by a statement from her producer, as fans and fellow stars pay tribute.
In a statement to PEOPLE today, record producer J Maine confirmed the singer’s death. “Emani 22 was a wonderful individual that literally brightened up any room she was in,” he said.
Emani’s father Darryll Johnson took to Twitter to pay tribute to his daughter writing “Thank you my baby for your light. You are forever in our hearts. Daddy loves you so much. Rest In Power my girl-baby. Love you forever #Emani22“
It is unclear how Emani reportedly died, however, reports have circulated that she was involved in a car accident. This has not yet been confirmed.
Despite not being confirmed by her family, fellow musicians flocked to social media to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.
Rapper Bhad Bhabie led tributes posting photographs of the artist, whose real name is Emani Johnson.
Others flooded Emani’s Instagram page with their condolences, writing “rest in heaven babygirl” and “so sad.”
The artist amassed a huge 145,000 followers on Instagram, including star DJ Diplo.
Read our Emani 22 live blog for the latest news and updates…
WAS EMANI DATING ANYONE?
It has been rumored that Emani was dating Trippie Red.
The two collaborated on a few songs in his album, A Love Letter to You 3.
FOLLOWER COUNT CONTINUES TO RISE
Since her reported death, Emani’s follower count on Instagram has grown.
She has gained almost 10k followers since Tuesday, now sitting at 160k followers.
WHO DID EMANI COLLABORATE WITH?
Emani collaborated with rapper Trippie Redd, who she was also rumored to be dating.
She appeared on the songs Emani’s Interlude and Inside.
FANS URGE TRIPPIE RED TO ADDRESS EMANI’S DEATH
Fans ask Trippie Redd to speak publicly about Emani’s passing after his cryptic tweet.
Emani’s friend Alanna the Baller reassured the late singer that justice will be served for her death.
TRIPPIE REDD POSTS POSSIBLE STORY ABOUT EMANI
Although rapper Trippie Redd has no photos on his Instagram, he does post a lot of stories.
Yesterday, the artists posted a black and white photo seemingly from inside of a car facing the window.
The only words were “Tf” with a white heart.
This could possibly be related to the reported death of Emani, who was his collaborator, friend, and rumored girlfriend.
Emani 22’s real name was Emani Johnson.
Emani Johnson was known as Emani 22.
She also went by lonebrain which is her Instagram handle.
VOYAGE LA, CONTINUED
When asked what sets her apart from other artists, Emani shared “For me, I feel like nothing can compare because I’m my own person.”Everything I put out is very personal, so yes, it can be understood, but it can never be duplicated. I just want to continue to make art and spread the love.”
VOYAGE LA INTERVIEW
When asked if her musical journey had been easy, Emani responded “Some of the struggles I’ve faced were all just based around finding myself and learning how to control my head.
“I got lost in love and allowed myself to lose sight of me, but with the things I’ve gone through, I found out so much about myself and the life I have around me.
“It’s changed me and I’m grateful for it every day. I use that time period to help me help others and it’s inspired a lot of my art.”
EMANI’S PASSION FOR MUSIC, CONTINUED
“I love making music and with my music, I write about things I go through and things I feel. I want to show people that and I want them to feel from it as well. I want to inspire my listeners in ways they’ve never felt before.
“I want to show people how I see things – how I hear them. I put my passion in my writing and my music and it’s all important to me, from every beat down to every last hum.”
EMANI’S PASSION FOR MUSIC
Emani spoke to Voyage LA two years ago about her passion for music.
She said, “All my life, art, and self-expression has been everything to me. So, ever since I was younger, I was always finding ways every day to share my thoughts and visions or just anyway to make them tangible somehow.
The singer’s friend Sincere Show wrote on Facebook: ‘I’m heartbroken right now the last thing I thought I’d hear today was that you’re gone I never question s**t but this is crazy like why her I cannot believe this Rest In Peace #Imani @lonebrain’.
FELLOW MUSICIAN PAYS TRIBUTE
Fellow musician Jade Amar shared how she was just talking to Emani days ago.
Over the years, Johnson had released multiple singles and then released her debut album, The Color Red, in 2020.
At this time, information about her personal life remains unclear.
EMANI’S GOD BROTHER
An Instagram user named Lavelle shared a photo and tribute for his God sister Emani.
‘BLEEDING IN THE BRAIN’ REPORTED
Teresa Graham said her daughter’s best friend was severely injured by a hit-and-run driver, and in a coma.
Emani is in the photographs shared by Teresa. It has not yet been confirmed that Emani was the victim of a hit-and-run accident.
BHAD BHABIE LEADS TRIBUTES
Bhad Bhabie shared a photo with Emani to remember her friend, calling her a “big sister.”
Fans flooded Emani’s Instagram with condolences.
“Rest in heaven babygirl,” wrote singer S3sni Molly.
“So sad,” added musician Chris Scholar. “Rest in love.”
Music lover and producer Jarred Jermaine was in shock, writing, “I can’t believe this.”
TWITTER: FRIENDS REMEMBER EMANI
Careesa Ray recalls her experience being friends with Emani.
EMANI’S MOST VIEWED YOUTUBE VIDEO
Emani’s official music video for her song, Inside, has more than 312,550 views on YouTube. The singer collaborated on this song with Trippie Redd.
The video was posted in April 2019.
WHAT WAS EMANI’S DEBUT EP?
Emain’s debut EP The Color Red came out in 2020.
‘ALWAYS SHOWED LOVE’
Emani’s friends continue to pour in tributes on social media.
WHAT WAS EMANI’S MOST STREAMED SONG?
Emani’s most streamed song on Spotify is “Feelings,” with over 252,085 listens.
MUSIC PRODUCER CONFIRMS DEATH
In a statement to PEOPLE, record producer J Maine confirmed the singer’s death. “Emani 22 was a wonderful individual that literally brightened up any room she was in,” he said.
“I worked on music with her, and helped her put together her last project which was ‘The Color Red.’ The way we worked together was effortless, we just understood each other,” he continued. “It hurts so bad to know that the last time I saw her was the last time I’d ever see her again.”
Added J Maine: “I considered her to be like a little sister to me. She will be missed and never forgotten, and I’ll always think about the great times we had hanging out.”
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